May 26, 2010

The Woodlands unveils next fastest man

The Woodlands High School has had their fair share of speedsters over the past decade, including 2011 Daniel Lasco who has Texas A&M on his short list entering the summer. The next athlete to hit the recruiting scene from the north Houston suburb is 2012 wide receiver Blake Webb. The 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore saw limited time on varsity last season, recording eight receptions, resulting in four touchdowns.

"I didn't get that much playing time but it was a really good experience, getting those jitters out, that nervousness," Webb said. "Junior year, I feel like I should be starting. I feel like I need to step up and become a leader.

"I just want to be very consistent catching the ball. I don't want to have a lot of drops because I know Lasco will be carrying to ball a lot, so if I can limit my drops it will make it easier on him to get in the end zone this year. I know I can get open deep and if I stay consistent catching the ball deep we can do some damage."

Mentoring Webb in leadership is Lasco, who has played that role since making the move to The Woodlands Senior Campus after his freshman season.

"It is really good to see how he acts and how he leads the team," Webb said. "He is a really good teammate and motivator. He brings a lot of intensity to the field and your always trying to keep up with him and do your best."

Lasco has been held out of track the past two seasons while recovering from injuries sustained during the football season, but Webb has filled in nicely, despite his young age.

"I got third in the 100 meters at regional's," Webb said. "I ran a 10.72. I'm pretty sure that was the fastest sophomore time in the nation. Freshman year I got 4th and ran a 10.89."

Webb is undoubtedly a great football prospect but his true calling may be track, where he competes in the Junior Olympics during the summer.

"We should win nationals by a lot in the (4X100 meters)," Webb said. "We are trying to break another national record this year in Sacramento, which would be a 40.7.

"I was going to attend Singapore but the qualifying meet was in Dallas the same time as the Texas Relays. I wanted to go to Texas so they could see me run. We didn't end up going so I kind of got in a bind there, so I didn't have the opportunity to qualify (to go to Singapore) because I wasn't there. I will definitely do it next year, no matter what."

Webb played a big role on The Woodlands 7-on-7 team Sunday. Although the Highlanders didn't advance from round robin play, it is apparent they have playmakers on both sides of the ball entering 2010.

"We came out kind of cold, but still had good games against Spring and Montgomery," Webb said. "Then we came out and put up 67 points against Clear Creek."

"We always want to win state, but we have other goals before that. We have to come together as a team during spring football and spring training and offseason workouts. As long as we play as a team we can do some damage. As long as nobody becomes an individual, we had a couple individuals last year towards the end of the season, we can go pretty deep."

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